Fond farewell to a Hemsby man of letters

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 September 2016

Hemsby postman Fred Goffin is thanked by Great Yarmouth mayor Shirley Weymouth for his service to the village. October 2015.

Hemsby postman Fred Goffin is thanked by Great Yarmouth mayor Shirley Weymouth for his service to the village. October 2015.


A popular Hemsby postman who delivered the village’s post for 26 years has died, aged 63.

Fred Goffin did the rounds in the coastal village from 1989 until his retirement last year, after being diagnosed with cancer. He died at home in the village in the early hours of Friday, September 9.

Fred was born in Winterton in November 1952, son of Rene and Dennis, part of a family that had lived in the village for generations. He attended Winterton Primary School together with his brother Ivan and sister Mary, and was one of the first pupils at the new Martham Secondary Modern School.

As a teenager he spent time with longshore fisherman on the village beach, starting a lifelong love of the sea that later included running his own fishing boat from Winterton as a hobby, including catching and smoking herring.

After leaving school he briefly worked at a boatyard and at heating firm Thermaglow, before joining the building trade working for Larters Estates, where he worked for nearly 20 years helping to build hundreds of homes across the borough.

In 1973 he met his wife Jacqueline in a chance encounter when he rescued her from a rainstorm while driving home one night.

Originally from London, she had moved to Norfolk to work at Hales House care home in Winterton.

They got engaged the same year on Fred’s 21st birthday, marrying 12 months later at Winterton parish church.

The couple had two sons, Colin and James.

In 1989 Fred started working for Royal Mail in the village – initially as temporary cover, staying for two decades.

The funeral is at St Mary’s, Hemsby, on Monday, September 26 at 3pm, with a family burial at All Saints, Winterton.

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